Cotonou Port (BJCOO)

Port Code BJCOO City Cotonou
Port Name COTONOU Country/Region Benin
Category Port City Route WEST AFRICA
Nearby Main Port Inland Transport
Official Website Port Type Main Port

Introduction of Cotonou Port (BJCOO)


      Commercial port of Benin.It is located on the West Bank of nuokui Lake in the south of the country, with a maximum draught of 12.5m and a water loading density of 1025m.The tidal range is 1.75 meters.Southwest wind prevails.Forced pilotage.VHF channels 12, 14, 16, 18 and 218 kHz are used for communication.The pilot got on board southwest of the south breakwater.No anchoring is allowed within a radius of 1100 meters of the lighthouse.The working hours are 7:00-22:00, and you can work overtime.Port service facilities include: ship repair, small boats, medical, traction, fresh water supply, supplies, repatriation, no fuel, dry dock, sewage facilities.The port has consulates from Belgium, France, the Netherlands, Nigeria and the United Kingdom. The water depth of the port anchorage is 14 meters, and there are 10 general cargo and bulk cargo berths, with a total length of nearly 1500 meters;1 ro ro berth with draft of 11 m: 1 container berth;There are two oil tanker berths with a length of 200m and a draft of 9.25m respectively.

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Summary of BJCOO

Cotonou port (port code: BJCOO) is a major port serving Niger, Nigeria, Togo, and Burkina and is the only port for the Republic of Benin. It is located in the Gulf of Guinea, on West African coast, about 90 nautical miles east-northeast of Cape St Paul.
The port covers 400 thousand square meters, and its commercial quay contains four 155-meter berths, two 180-meter berths, one 220-meter berth for container vessels, and one berth for roll-on/roll-off cargoes. Warehouses of this port cover 57 thousand square meters and include a 65-thousand-square-meter container depot and a free zone for Mali, Niger, and Burkina Faso.
The port handles more than 5.1 million tons of cargo annually. The main exports are cotton and kapok and main imports are gypsum and cereals. The port also handles containers and Ro-Ro cargoes.
Each year about 1,320 vessels visit this port, among which around 81% are cargo vessels, and 11% are tankers. The maximum length of the vessels recorded to having entered this port is 334 meters. The maximum draught is 13.5 meters. The maximum deadweight is 319,029t.